Saturday, February 28, 2009
Free Spring Slim Down Samples from Quality Health here
Free Nutrigrain Bar here
Free Trial Pair of Acuvue Oasis
Free Baby Samples from PlanningFamily.com here
Free Samples from Remedy Life here
Facial Cleansing Cloth Sample here
Tempur Pedic free Nighttime Renewal Kit here I got mine and it was so interesting-it came with a great coupon for Tempur Pedic too!!
Multiple Samples and Health Information from My Healthy Info here
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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I just signed Joey up to go with his Dad (surprise Dad!)! I'll make sure to post a picture of the finished product.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Just because food prices are continually rising, doesn't mean we can't find some healthy choices that won't break our budgets. You can still find many healthy foods out there for under $1.00. Here's a Top 10 list from www.webmd.com (with my 2 cents thrown in here and there).
Prices may vary based on the store, location, and time of year.
Great for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads, and fruit salads.
What's a serving? 1 large apple.
Price per serving: About $1. Apples sell for about $1.99 per pound, and an extra large crisp apple weighs about 1/2 pound.
Nutrition Info per serving: 117 calories, 5 grams fiber, 17% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 7% Daily Value for potassium.
(I have been finding apples at my local grocery store and Wal-Mart for 99cents/lb - $1.69/lb over the past few weeks for Granny Smith and other tasty varieties.)
Great for: Snacks and fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies.
What's a serving? 1 banana.
Price per serving: About 45 cents. Bananas sell for about $0.89 per pound, and a large banana weighs about 1/2 pound
Nutrition Info per serving: 121 calories, 3.5 grams fiber, 14% Daily Value for potassium (487 mg), 20% Daily Value for vitamin C.
(I have been buying my bananas at Aldi's lately - only 45 cents/lb!)
3. Baby Carrots (in bags)
Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters, and side dishes.
What's a serving? About 1/2 cup or 2 ounces raw.
Price per serving: 19 cents. A 16-ounce bag costs about $1 on sale and contains about 8 servings (2 ounces each).
Nutrition Info per serving: 27 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 200% Daily Value for vitamin A, and 7% Daily Value for vitamin C.
(The regular price of these at Aldi's is 99cents per bag!)
4. Canned Beans
Great for: Green salads, casseroles, stews, and chili. Types of beans range from 50% less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans.
What's a serving? Each can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings.
Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 15-ounce can for about $1 on sale.
Nutrition Info per serving: About 120 calories (for kidney beans), 7 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, and 6% Daily Value for calcium, and 10% Daily Value for iron.
5. Canned Tomatoes
Great for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew, and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil.
What's a serving? One can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings.
Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 14.5-ounce can for about $1 on sale (often less for store brands).
Nutrition Info per serving: About 25 calories, 1 gram fiber, 10% Daily Value of vitamin A, and 15% Daily Value of vitamin C.
(The Muir Glen organic tomatoes sell at Wal-Mart for around $1.18 - $1.24. $1 off Muir Glen coupons are always floating around making a can of diced tomatoes .18 - .24 cents! I actually made some homemade bruchetta with a can of mine by adding some vinegar and some olive oil which I already had. I had made bruchetta at home for about $0.30 after using my coupon on the diced tomatoes!)
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)
Great for: Snacks, green salads, and fruit salads.
What's a serving? 1 large or extra large orange.
Price per serving: 40 cents for a large orange and 79 cents for an extra large orange. Oranges sell for around $0.79 per pound, and a large orange is about 1/2 pound, whereas an extra large orange is about 1 pound.
Nutrition Info per serving: (for an 8 ounce orange): 106 calories, 5.5 grams fiber, 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 200% Daily Value vitamin C, 17% Daily Value for folate, 9% Daily Value for calcium, and 12% potassium.
Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads, and fruit salads.
What's a serving? 1 large pear
Price per serving: about 45 cents for a large pear. Pears sell for about $0.90 per pound, and a large pear weighs about 1/2 pound.
Nutrition Info per serving: 133 calories, 7 grams of fiber, 16% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 8% for potassium.
8. Lentils (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold bean salads, and casseroles.
What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry)
Price per serving: 14 cents. A 16 ounce bag sells for $1.12 (on sale) and contains eight servings.
Nutrition Info per serving: 195 calories, 14 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, 24% Daily Value for Iron, 10% Daily Value for magnesium and potassium.
9. Pearl Barley (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads, and casseroles.
What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry)
Price per serving: About 12 cents. A 16 ounce bag of dry pearl barley sells for about $0.94 and contains about 8 servings.
Nutrition Info per serving: 199 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams soluble fiber, 6 grams protein, 8% Daily Value for iron, and 11% Daily Value for magnesium.
10. Yogurt (plain, lowfat, or fat-free)
Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips, and dressings.
What's a serving? An 8-ounce or 6-ounce container is usually a serving.
Price per serving: 60 cents. This is usually the price for an 8-ounce container of plain yogurt.
Nutrition Info per serving: (for 8 ounces of fat-free plain yogurt): 130 calories, 13 grams of protein, 45% Daily Value for calcium, plus active cultures such as acidophilus and bifidus.
(Coupons for yogurt are plentiful which will help you bring your cost per serving even lower! Even my fussy kids eat yogurt!).
My kids don't eat veggies but they love fruit so it's important that I keep plenty of it around to make sure they are getting some of those important vitamins and minerals. I shop by way of the sale fliers to find the lowest prices on fresh fruit. Whatever is on sale, is what we have that week. Luckily, I've been finding lots of decent fruit at Aldi's lately. Sometimes in the past, the fruit has been hit-or-miss - sometimes looking kind of like it's on it's last legs and when I've gotten it home it's only lasted a day or two. Lately, my store seems to be stocking fresher fruit (or is it that they are getting more popular because of their prices and therefore restocking more often?). I don't know but whatever is going on there, we like it!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Click here to answer a few quick survery questions (it was about 3) and then wait for your baby blanket to arrive! Offer ends March 15th or when supplies run out.
Seriously, are you or your photos lost in a digital daze?
Do you buy a new Memory Card when yours is full because you don't know what else to do?
Do you have photos lost in the "black hole" on your computer?
Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of photos and "guilty" because they are just sitting in boxes or on your computer?
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Creative Memories has been working very hard to help it's consultants (and yep I'm one of them and allowed to say it on my blog now - woohoo!!) help people get their photos off of the computer and back into their lives. We offer two great softwares - one for organizing and editing your photos and one for creating incredible digital photobooks.
Creative Memories is offering live and recorded webinar calls that you can take by watching and listening through your computer - basically, learn about it where and when it's convenient for you (in your pj's perhaps?). The fact that they are recorded is nice because if you decide the software is for you, you can go back and watch certain ones that you need more training with. And you can always find a live person to help you, too.
Now the FUN and extra FREE part. From now through March 10th, leave a comment on this post about why you're so psyched to get your photos off of the computer and back into your life. Let me know which class you've taken and what Storybook you've started....And you could win a $39.95 gift certificate toward a Storybook (prices start at $39.95). Also, extra entries for anyone who decides to purchases the Memory Manager software and/or Storybook Creator Plus software. (They can be purchased as digital downloads through my website below. If you're just so excited after watching the webinars, you can order them and have them instantly - and get FREE shipping!!) Just leave a seperate comment for each of the 3 items.
Where do you find these classes?
Go to my website www.mycmsite.com/heatherschiavo.
Click on Help Zone across the top menu.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Okay, my first week's Bargain Meal from Price Chopper is pretty simple.
1 jar of Bertolli pasta sauce $1.99
16 oz of Barilla Pasta $1.00
1 lb sausage $1.99 (you will have to buy a 2-3 pack but we'll only use one pound)
Fresh Italian loaf of bread 99cents
1 can DelMonte cut green beans
Final cost = $6.79 (serves 4 with leftovers = approx. $1.70 per person)
Pour sauce into a saucepan and bring to a low boil (you don't want to burn the sauce). Add sausage and let simmer for about an hour. Cooking the sausage right in the sauce will add more of a homemade taste to the jar sauce. Cook pasta as directed.
Green Beans - 2 options
1. Cook as directed and serve on the side with pasta and sausage
2. Marinate green beans in some italian dressing for an hour or so. It makes a tangy "italian" salad to go along with the pasta.
Click the Bargain Meal of the Week button above to see a bargain meal from one of your local grocery stores!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Today when I returned home there was a message on my answering machine from the Cashier at the Dollar Store!!! My order of 20 more boxes was in!!!!!!!!! Yeah! I went and picked them up as soon as I could. They were still in the cardboard boxes they had been shipped in! Also, they had ordered 60 boxes so would I be greedy if I went in and bought more????
I'd like to take a moment to thank the wonderful Cashier for all of her help!!! Even though I know your name- I am hesitant to publish it since this blog is read locally and wanted to be careful about your privacy-I'll hope you'll be reading this since I gave you the web address!!!! It really does pay(save) to speak up and ask for what you want folks!
Last week I posted about ActiveFrugality and I mentioned I was researching ways to make my favorite Latte at home and making it less expensive. Today I stopped by the Dollar Store to get some dried onion for homemade stuffing and as I went down the aisle guess what caught my eye? My favorite Latte for $1.00 per box- compared to $2.77 I was paying at WalMart. I made the decision to buy all 18 boxes on the shelf and I told the cashier that I cleared the shelf she said I will make a note of that for the next order. I told her I would be willing to buy 20 more or so, so I gave her my informationin case they could order more. So, I found a temporary solution to carry me over until I could a permanent one. Now, I can have Latte for about $0.16 per day instead of $0.46 per day-so I am saving $0.30 per day over the next 108 days or $32.00. It may not seem like much but it is to me!!!! So, the moral of the story is that you never know what you will find at the Dollar Store!!! I am not sure why I stopped visiting weekly to see what they had in stock.
Friday, February 20, 2009
It has been a while since I updated my Weight Loss progress. Unfortunately, I gained 3 pounds over the Holidays and I will not be weighed again for about 2 more weeks. I have really struggled getting back on track because of stress eating, but I was more aware of what I was eating. We shopped at Aldi this past week and bought grapes, pears, and sweet potatoes. I have been snacking on grapes more than Smart Food, and pears are part of my mid morning snack. I made sure to have a vegetable with dinner at least 6 times this week, and I also ate a salad with grilled chicken for Valentine's Day, and my husband gave me six chocolate dipped strawberries. I have been back in the gym 4 days so far this week and am going again tomorrow (Saturday). Overall, I am focused on eating fruits and vegetables more, filling myself with protein and whole grains. I am still struggling with stress eating and trying to be more aware and stop myself. I'll be weighing in a few weeks from now and can give you a real progress report! Run, don't walk, over to Mommy Snacks and get some great inspiration from Andrea!!
Walgreens is offering 20 free 4x6 photo prints tomorrow (Friday, February 20, 2009) only when you enter coupon code ONEDAY at checkout. Be sure to request to pick these up in-store so that you will also receive free shipping.
Sign up for a FREE Diet Dr. Pepper (20 oz or 2 liter bottle) offer at Coupons.com. Your coupon will arrive by mail (I just got mine from the offer in January this week!).
Click here to print a coupon for a free sample of Victoria's Secret Pink Energizing Lotion. No purchase necessary!
Click here to get a free sample of Selsun Blue (I like these free samples of dandruff shampoo because my kids still tend to get cradle cap and instead of buying a huge bottle of shampoo since I only need to use in once in a while, I can break out my free samples!).
Click here to get a free sample of Aquafresh + other coupons.
Click here to get a free sample of Huggies Baby Wipes with Shea Butter.
Click here to get your free apple-cinnamon nutri-grain bar (my kids love these!).
Happy Freebie Friday! Check back next week for more Friday Freebies!
Know of any great freebies? Leave a comment to share with our community! Thanks!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Click the picture to get yours. There is a selection of bakeware along with 2 apron sets, a cutting board, an onion blossom maker and more. And what a great gift idea if you've got a bridal shower or housewarming party coming up! They do ask that you join their savings club but you are free to cancel within 7 days and you card will not charged the $19.99 membership fee. (The cancellation # is 1-888-593-5216). I've done many of these deals in the past and they really are legit and will cancel your membership and still send you your free product. I'm going for the cutting board - I could use a new one desperately! What are you going for?
A green thumb is something I lack, but I have been able to grow a garden with a fairly good rate of success. Last year we grew tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, lettuce, and squash. Basically, I used the garden for fresh vegetables for the gardening season, and now I am back to purchasing fresh vegetables weekly. As I have been reading online and looking at my Ball Canning & Preserving Book, I have come to realize I should be growing as large a garden I can afford time and money to grow. My plan is to grow more of each vegetable, and can or freeze it for use during the rest of the year. Now, I am not going to get carried away and grow 40 tomato plants (I hope), but I am going to grow enough so that we can make our own homemade pasta sauce, bruschetta, and possibly ketchup for at least a half the winter. As far as squash and peppers go, I will be freezing those on cookie sheets and then bagging them up and storing them in the freezer until needed. The best part of that is being able to prepare them the way I want, so I can have diced peppers in my eggs, or strips to make fajitas, or slicing the zucchini into thin rounds to make Zucchini-roni Pizza by Rachel Ray, mmmm.
Now is probably a good time for you to begin making a plan for where your garden will be, how you will set it up, and what you want to grow, how much, OK OK,you get the point. My plan is to assess how much we need for our family, and then see if we have space for any extra, so that we can make extra to give as gifts. Don't forget to factor in the cost of any seeds.
Once you have this part figured out you will want to start looking for sales and coupons for the containers you will need to adequately store these items for the winter. I am thinking I'll be stocking up on plastic freezer and sandwich bags, and canning jars in various sizes, and wax & other accessories that go along with canning. Canning jars can often be found at Goodwill, yard sales, etc.
You can draw advice from around the web, including this post at Frugal Family Fun Blog, and this website by Ball. I do recommend purchasing the Ball Blue Book or at least borrowing it from your local Library. Don't forget about the experience you have around you, your mother and grandmother probably have canned and preserved before!! I will be asking Mom for help, I remember her making jam when we were kids.
If you don't have much yard space for gardening, get creative and use your Library and the web to find alternate methods. Type container garden in to your search engine- mine found over 1200 sites. Grow fresh herbs in pots around the house- they do not have to stay in the kitchen. Also, you can buy items on sale at great prices and still freeze and can the items for future use, as you would if you were making meals for Once a Month Cooking, see more about that here. I was considering doing the same when our local grocery store had bags of onions B1G1F.
So, for homework, start checking out books from the Library, check prices on canning supplies on your next store trip, and plan out what your needs are, and get ready to play in the dirt!!!!
Posted by Stephanie
I'm so excited to be participating in Bargain Meal of the Week with Erin at $5 Dinners. This is a new feature on her blog. Each week, I'll post a Bargain Meal of the Week featuring the Price Chopper and Hannaford ads for our local upstate NY readers. I'll use sale items to give you a bargain recipe and I'll try to keep the meal at as close to $5 as possible. If you aren't a local reader, just hop on over because Erin is featuring as many stores as possible - Kroger, Giant, Sav-A-Lot and more! You're sure to find your store and if you don't, you might want to join up to take part in the fun like I did, and be a contributor! So look right here for my new posts Monday to get your Price Chopper & Hannaford Bargain Meals of the Week.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So here's my trip yesterday using a $10/$50:
1 gold emblem sour worms (a PMS attack) $0.88
2 Glucerna cereal @ $4.52 each = $9.04
2 Colgate advanced total toothpaste @ $2.99 = 5.98
2 herbal essences hairspray @ $2.99 = $5.98
1 Mylanta Ultimate Strength mint @ $3.75 (sign on product said $7.49 but scanned at clearance price)
1 Earrinse @ $7.99
1 CVS Children's Triaminic stuff @ $1.37
4 CVS Cotton Rounds (trial size pack) @ $0.99 = $3.96
1 CVS Children's Chewable aspirin = $1.99
3 packs Stayfree @ $3.89 = $11.67
1 bottle of water (thirsty kids) = $.99
2 neutrogena soap bars @ 3.19 = $6.38
1 bag of Tostitos chips = $3.99
Total before coupons = $63.97 (after automatic discounts for sale items)
$1 off Mylanta
$1.50 off Colgate
$1.50 off Colgate
$3 off 2 Herbal Essences
$5 off Glucerna Cereal (I had 2 but it said only 1 per household so she said she couldn't take it and gave it back to me)
$2 off stayfree
$2 off stayfree
$2 off stayfree (these printed out of the magic scanner machine when I first arrived and scanned my ticket)
Used $34 in ecb's, paid $3.15 out of pocket and received $31 ecb's back. So I did lose about $5 in my shopping yesterday but I got a lot of stuff for $5!
I was hoping the $10 ecb's for the neutrogena would work but it didn't. If I were able to use my other $5 for glucerna, I would have broke even and had a free trip. Why did Glucerna let me print 2 but they say limit one per household. I may try to make another trip this week if I can find the rest of the Mylanta moneymakers. My store only had one. Also, my deals would never have worked if those Stayfree coupons didn't print from the scanner machine. They paid me $0.11 for each pack of Stayfree I left the store with!
14th, so please check inside your stores.
P&G is at it again! Offering Consumers great deals and rewards!!! Apparently you can get a $15 gas cash card with your $40 P&G purchase or a $10 gas cash card with your $35 P&G purchase. Official offer form and original cash register receipt must be obtained from the same participating sore. Purchase must be made in one transaction. Mail-in offer. Offer ends 3/31/09. See mail-in offer form for details. Limit one per household. For Customer Service call 866-538-5230. Go here to check the list of participating stores. For our Upstate NY readers it looks like all of the local Price Chopper markets are participating!!! Also, at the beginning of each month coinciding with the release of the P&G Brand Saver inserts Price Chopper releases coupons of their own to double and P&G coupon.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
budget I use. It has been difficult, but I always have an eye toward trying to make
Monday, February 16, 2009
Here are some Freebies we found for you - Happy President's Day!!!
Free Nutrigrain Bar here
Purell Hand Sanitizere here
Free Coupon Book from Eat Better America here
Sign up for the Dinner Made Easy Newsletter and get a coupon book from GeneralMills
Free Sampls for babies from PlanningFamily.com here
Your basic day in the life of me (Stephanie) is get up, go to work, go to the gym, have dinner, get ready for the gym the next day, prepare lunch for the next day, crash. So, in this difficult economy when I found myself wanting to make more money, but needing something really flexible, I started taking Online Surveys, and getting paid to read emails. If you have not created a separate email account for your coupons and deals yet, you might want to do so now. You could even create a separate one for just surveys and paid emails - like surveys for Stephanie @ email.com. I keep mine all together in one email address with my coupons and deals to make my life easier. Let me introduce you to a few that you can start with:
Usually Offers a $5 sign on bonus, you get paid 3 cents per email that you click on and read, more if you take advantage of any special offers, and usually $1.00 for surveys. In about 6 months I have earned $16.00 for just the paid emails and sign on bonus. You must have $30.00 in your account to cash out.
Sign up here
Viva Research Panel:
Pays $5 to $75.00 per survey - Sign up here
Earn points towards cashing out for products like a Bluetooth Headset, a Kitchen Aid, etc. I am currently banking my points -maybe to do some Christmas shopping? One thing I like about Zoom Panel is that they give 5 points if you do not qualify for a survey.
Sign up here
There are a few to start with so you are not overwhelmed. What I prefer to do is click on the paid emails and take surveys while I watch TV at night. It's nice to be able to earn some extra money or free things for my family while not having to leave the house or spend real time away from home. Surveys and Paid emails are very flexible and really work for me. I hope they work for you too!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
1. Get a Free DVD rental from your local Redbox by entering the codes BREAKROOM or DVDONME. These are ongoing codes that can be used once per credit/debit card.
2. Amazon is offering the quintessential Valentine Day song as a free download today and tomorrow (2/13-2/14) only. Download “Let’s Get It On” from Marvin Gaye here.
(Thanks Common Sense with Money!)
3. Go here to print a B1G1 coupon valid on any Hallmark cards up to $2.50 each through Saturday, February 14th. (Thanks Money Saving Mom!)
4. Have a breakfast date at IKEA. This weekend, enjoy a free breakfast at IKEA. Friday (2/13) through Monday (2/16) IKEA will be serving up a free breakfast and cup of coffee. Coupon good from 6am-10:30 only and not valid in Houston, Hicksville or Pittsburge IKEAs.
5. Have a dessert date. Print this coupon for a free slice of pie at Bob Evans. No other purchase necessary.
6. Get your Valentine Freebies here here.
And don't forget to check out Steph's previous poston having a Frugal Fun Valentine's Day here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Go to GoodHousekeeping to get a free template for these adorable bookplates to put inside your books so you get them back when you loan them out. Good Housekeeping tells you the site. label size, etc., on this
Monday, February 9, 2009
(there are new posts below this one!)
I am so excited that I've been selected to host my first Houseparty by Houseparty.com. Houseparty is a cool site that promotes products from different companies by giving you the opportunity to host themed parties (like a Fisher Price party, a South Beach party, etc.) and give away a bunch of that company's products for FREE! I have applied 4 or 5 times in the last 6 months and was selected last month to host this month's Ziploc Organizational Houseparty. Perfect for me since I'm always striving to get organized!! Here is a picture of the goodies they sent me to give away to my awesome party guests:
This package includes:
15 Organization “To Do” Pads
15 Marker Pens
15 Ziploc® EZ Zipper Gallon Bags
15 Ziploc® Storage ½ Gallon Bags
15 Ziploc® EZ Zipper Quart Bags
15 Ziploc® Snack Bags
15 Ziploc® Snap ‘n Seal Large Rectangle Containers
15 Ziploc® Snap ‘n Seal XS Containers
15 Ziploc® Big Bags
15 Ziploc® Big Bags with special design
15 Ziploc® Home Organization Brochures with coupons
1 Ziploc® XL Flexible Tote
1 Ziploc® Twist ‘n Loc® Medium Container
Goodie bags will contain 1 of everything that I received multiples of! And one lucky blog reader will, too! Here's how you can enter (up to 3 times) to get a fabulous Ziploc Organizational Goodie Bag -
Leave a comment with your best organizing tip.
Become a subscriber of this blog (and then leave another comment letting us know)
Link us on your blog (and let us know)
Then check back on Tuesday, February 10th to see if you're the winner. We'll collect your address privately and mail your package out to you! Get hoppin' and Good Luck!
And check out http://www.houseparty.com/ so you can apply to host your own Houseparty!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Frugal is a state of mind. I get a little rush when I get a great deal, or when I make something last a bit longer, stretch a bit farther. There is no more satisfying night of sleep then when I get creative and find new uses for old things. Does this sound like you? If not, then you need this post more than I need to write it.
Being frugal is a necessity for most of us, right? In these economic times we have to clip coupons, stretch the milk, keep down the electric bill, just to make ends meet. For me, it is more than that, I like it! It is a Game! I have been watching my savings accounts go up, little by little, and I want it to go up more.
I am going to share some more ways I play my “game” because I think these add to my bottom line over the long run, beyond the next deal, and the deal after that. I am calling it Active Frugality. The bottom line is that the couponing, online communities, free samples, giveaways, etc are all really great tools you can use to stretch your budget, but what will you do when the coupons are gone, or the deal is over, and your stockpile is running low?
Well, if you are actively frugal you have other tools that you can rely on. A few months back I wound up with frozen whole grain waffles for less than $1 per box, but I had about 4 coupons, so I could only get 4 boxes, with 8 in a box, they didn’t last long. So what do I do now? Once a Month Cooking (OAMC). It may be one of the best tools I have at my disposal. It is only limited by my imagination and ability to read. I used Google, and a few cookbooks, and made some whole grain waffles of my own, Ok, my husband made them for me.
We made about 20 waffles, and after they cooled I broke them up and put 2 triangles each in Ziploc bags, and put them in the freezer. During the week I grab some pre-cooked turkey bacon, and some syrup, and I have breakfast-cheap, inexpensive, healthy breakfast.
After that the light bulb turned on. I can make a lot of items from scratch, saving time and money in the process. Right now I am experimenting with making my favorite store bought instant latte mix, to save myself about $3 a week. Last year I realized I could buy a week’s worth of Latte for $3, instead of $3 per day at the Coffee House. Now, my “skills” have developed more and I am trying to get that down to pennies a day.
Homework: Think about some foods that your family eats a lot of and how you can use OAMC to benefit you.
Tools: Check out some of these Tools:
Jane4Girls - Potatoes
MoneySavingMom - Baking Day
Please leave comments and share your tips!!!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I just claimed my free box of Cheerios from Pampers Gifts To Grow program. If you have at least 50 pampers points, you can redeem them for a coupon for a free box of Cheerios or prints from Snapfish. There are a bunch of other cool rewards for different point values. Often, bloggers will post some free point codes on their blogs to help you add up your points more quickly! If you haven't signed up for the program yet, it's as easy as 1-2-3!
Register with http://www.pampers.com/ .
Find codes inside each package. (They are a little sticker that is stuck to the inside bottom of the package).
Enter your codes & redeem rewards!
GIVE09UNICEFGTG (3 pts.)
THRIFTYMOMMYGTG (1 pt.)
WELCOME2GTG0809 (1 pt.)
OHAMANDAAWGTG08 (1 pt.)
DONTFORGETGTG08 (1 pt.)
WELCOMEBONUS089 (1 pt.)
HAPPYHOLIDAY089 (3 pts.)
Click here here and then scroll down on the map to see if your state is participating in this effort to reunite it's citizens with unclaimed property. You can click here for NYS.
My sister-in-law found the site for NY a year or so again and both my mother-in-law and father-in-law had unclaimed funds due to them. These funds can be from unclaimed life insurance funds, 401k's, overpaid property taxes, etc. Unfortunately, I seem to have no missing money anywhere! Happy Searching!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Remember this deal I posted about earlier this month? Well,it is possible again. There was another coupon in the 2/1 Price Chopper Ad for $3.00 off 5 participating Quaker Products.
Apparently if you purchase $20.00 of several participating products, including Quaker products, you will receive $5.00 oyno. I don't see the boxes of instant oatmeal at 2/$4 again, but I see the following:
Quaker Granola Bars 2/$4 -
$1.00/2 from 1/4 Smart Source (SS)
$1.oo off 1 True Delights 1/4 SS
Quaker Old Fashioned or Quick Oats B1 @ $2.99 G1F
$.60 off 1 1/4 SS - use 2
Life Cereal B1G1F
$1.oo off 2 in 1/4 SS
To check out the other possible items that qualify for the $5.00 oyno check out page 8&9 of the 2/1 Price Chopper Ad.
I bought 5 Boxes of Quaker Oatmeal at Price Chopper today for $2.65!!!! Here's how:
-5 Boxes Quaker Instant Oatmeal 2/$4.00=$10.00
-1 $1.35 off 2 Quaker Oatmeal from 1/4 SS
-3 $1.oo off 1 coupons from 1/4 SS
-1$3.oo off 5 Quaker Products from Price Chopper Flier
The Register printed a coupon for another $2.oo off 3 oxes of oatmeal so I may try this again. If you don't have multiple copies of the paper to get the coupons you can use this $1.00 off 1 printable coupon here
Don't forget to hit the back button on your browser- then refresh and retry so you can print two!!! See - you can buy healthy food on a budget!